June 5, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama right handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft. Turnbull, who was the 63rd selection overall, he is the first player from the 2014 Alabama NCAA Tournament team selected in this year's draft.
As a junior, Turnbull finished the 2014 season with a 5-7 record with a 2.22 ERA. He had 61 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .192 batting average, allowing just 61 hits in a team-high 93.1 innings pitched.
In his three-year career at Alabama, Turnbull took the mound in 45 games including 40 times as a starter. He has a 3.54 career ERA after posting a 5.60 ERA as a freshman and a 3.70 ERA in 2013. Turnbull appeared in 236.1 innings, recording 157 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit .245 against him.
With Turnbull's selection as the 63rd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, he is the highest drafted crimson Tide player since 2006 when Wade LeBlanc was selected in the second round by the San Diego Padres with the 61st overall pick. Alabama has now had a player selected in each of the last 36 MLB drafts, dating back to 1979.
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